Richard Van Buren: Silhouette

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Hollow-cut beige paper with black paper underlay, and black ink and watercolor on paper
image: 6 1/4 x 5 in.; frame: 9 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 7/8 in.
inscription: on back of frame: "Richard Van Buren - born / about 17[7?]0 - his Silhouette Taken in Philadelphia / year 1823 - on his Wedding Journey"
Verso of frame inscribed along lower edge in graphite: "Richard Van Buren -- born / about 1770 his Silhouette taken in Philadelphia / year 1823 on his Wedding Journey."
Silhouette: Half-length, seated male figure, hollow-cut from beige paper; solid black backing with details, including hair, collar and shirtfront, open book and reading glasses, and chairback painted in black, red and yellow watercolor; rectangular wooden frame.
Gallery Label: 
Richard Van Buren and Maria Fowler Van Buren had their silhouettes made in Philadelphia, while on their wedding journey in 1823.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Miss Anne C. Hood
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group